On a recent morning walk with Marlene Williams and her dogs, Molson and Baron, all of whom live in Balboa Park, we were not so much walking the dogs as they were pulling us toward Nate’s Point.
It’s the place in the park where dogs can run without their leashes. Its namesake, Nate Wells, worked for the city for decades and transformed a patch of dirt into the destination on his own time. (John Wilkens wrote about him for the U-T in 2001.)
Williams lives in the Girl Scouts camp, near the intersection of Park Boulevard and Upas Street inside the park. We spent the morning with her a couple of weeks ago; she revealed some of the quirky parts of actually living inside park bounds.
Williams will join us next week for our “Meeting of the Minds” event on Wednesday to be our guide to the Balboa Park hiking/biking trail system.
Let Molson and Baron be your guide to our upcoming Balboa Park photo project — dogs are more than welcome in your photographs on Dec. 1. Take ‘em to the park next Saturday and take a photograph wherever you are at 3 p.m. Then upload it, using the hashtag #balboaparkphoto. It’ll work best if you use Twitter or Instagram, but you can find more details and other ways to share photos with us here.
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